Heather Fullerton, MD

Pediatric stroke neurologist

After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Heather Fullerton earned a medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. She completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, followed by a residency and fellowship in child neurology. While a child neurology fellow, she developed an interest in neurovascular diseases in children, performing studies on the epidemiology of childhood stroke.

In July 2002, Fullerton joined the child neurology staff at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, where she completed a vascular neurology fellowship. In 2006 she established the UCSF Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center and serves as its director. Fullerton's current projects include identifying risk factors for recurrent childhood stroke, studying blood vessel abnormalities or arteriopathies in children with stroke and determining if infection plays a role in childhood stroke.


HHT Center of Excellence
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5A
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-8867
Fax: (415) 353-3158

Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-7596
Fax: (415) 353-2400

Conditions & Treatments

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Baylor College of Medicine 1996
Masters Degree in Clinical Research 2005


UCSF Medical Center, Pediatrics 1999


UCSF Medical Center, Child Neurology 2002
UCSF Medical Center, Vascular Neurology 2003

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Wintermark M, Hills NK, DeVeber GA, Barkovich AJ, Bernard TJ, Friedman NR, Mackay MT, Kirton A, Zhu G, Leiva-Salinas C, Hou Q, Fullerton HJ. Clinical and Imaging Characteristics of Arteriopathy Subtypes in Children with Arterial Ischemic Stroke: Results of the VIPS Study. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2017 Oct 05.
  2. Fullerton HJ, Luna JM, Wintermark M, Hills NK, Tokarz R, Li Y, Glaser C, DeVeber GA, Lipkin WI, Elkind MSV. Parvovirus B19 Infection in Children With Arterial Ischemic Stroke. Stroke. 2017 Oct; 48(10):2875-2877.
  3. Dlamini N, Wintermark M, Fullerton H, Strother S, Lee W, Bjornson B, Guilliams KP, Miller S, Kirton A, Filippi CG, Linds A, Askalan R, deVeber G. Harnessing Neuroimaging Capability in Pediatric Stroke: Proceedings of the Stroke Imaging Laboratory for Children Workshop. Pediatr Neurol. 2017 Apr; 69:3-10.
  4. Adams RJ, Lackland DT, Brown L, Brown D, Voeks J, Fullerton HJ, Kanter J, Kwiatkowski JL. Transcranial doppler re-screening of subjects who participated in STOP and STOP II. Am J Hematol. 2016 Dec; 91(12):1191-1194.
  5. Bernard TJ, Beslow LA, Manco-Johnson MJ, Armstrong-Wells J, Boada R, Weitzenkamp D, Hollatz A, Poisson S, Amlie-Lefond C, Lo W, deVeber G, Goldenberg NA, Dowling MM, Roach ES, Fullerton HJ, Benseler SM, Jordan LC, Kirton A, Ichord RN. Inter-Rater Reliability of the CASCADE Criteria: Challenges in Classifying Arteriopathies. Stroke. 2016 Oct; 47(10):2443-9.
  6. Hetts SW, Moftakhar P, Maluste N, Fullerton HJ, Cooke DL, Amans MR, Dowd CF, Higashida RT, Halbach VV. Pediatric intracranial dural arteriovenous fistulas: age-related differences in clinical features, angioarchitecture, and treatment outcomes. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2016 Nov; 18(5):602-610.
  7. Roddy E, Sear K, Felton E, Tamrazi B, Gauvain K, Torkildson J, Buono BD, Samuel D, Haas-Kogan DA, Chen J, Goldsby RE, Banerjee A, Lupo JM, Molinaro AM, Fullerton HJ, Mueller S. Presence of cerebral microbleeds is associated with worse executive function in pediatric brain tumor survivors. Neuro Oncol. 2016 Nov; 18(11):1548-1558.
  8. Fullerton HJ, deVeber GA, Hills NK, Dowling MM, Fox CK, Mackay MT, Kirton A, Yager JY, Bernard TJ, Hod EA, Wintermark M, Elkind MS. Inflammatory Biomarkers in Childhood Arterial Ischemic Stroke: Correlates of Stroke Cause and Recurrence. Stroke. 2016 Sep; 47(9):2221-8.
  9. Fox CK, Glass HC, Sidney S, Smith SE, Fullerton HJ. Neonatal seizures triple the risk of a remote seizure after perinatal ischemic stroke. Neurology. 2016 Jun 07; 86(23):2179-86.
  10. Wei F, Diedrich KT, Fullerton HJ, deVeber G, Wintermark M, Hodge J, Kirton A. Arterial Tortuosity: An Imaging Biomarker of Childhood Stroke Pathogenesis? Stroke. 2016 May; 47(5):1265-70.
  11. Elkind MS, Hills NK, Glaser CA, Lo WD, Amlie-Lefond C, Dlamini N, Kneen R, Hod EA, Wintermark M, deVeber GA, Fullerton HJ. Herpesvirus Infections and Childhood Arterial Ischemic Stroke: Results of the VIPS Study. Circulation. 2016 Feb 23; 133(8):732-41.
  12. Mozaffarian D, Benjamin EJ, Go AS, Arnett DK, Blaha MJ, Cushman M, Das SR, de Ferranti S, Després JP, Fullerton HJ, Howard VJ, Huffman MD, Isasi CR, Jiménez MC, Judd SE, Kissela BM, Lichtman JH, Lisabeth LD, Liu S, Mackey RH, Magid DJ, McGuire DK, Mohler ER, Moy CS, Muntner P, Mussolino ME, Nasir K, Neumar RW, Nichol G, Palaniappan L, Pandey DK, Reeves MJ, Rodriguez CJ, Rosamond W, Sorlie PD, Stein J, Towfighi A, Turan TN, Virani SS, Woo D, Yeh RW, Turner MB. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2016 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2016 Jan 26; 133(4):e38-360.
  13. Fullerton HJ, Wintermark M, Hills NK, Dowling MM, Tan M, Rafay MF, Elkind MS, Barkovich AJ, deVeber GA. Risk of Recurrent Arterial Ischemic Stroke in Childhood: A Prospective International Study. Stroke. 2016 Jan; 47(1):53-9.
  14. Reeves SL, Fullerton HJ, Cohn LM, Dombkowski KJ, Boulton ML, Braun TM, Lisabeth LD. Missed Opportunities for Transcranial Doppler Screening Among Children With Sickle Cell Disease. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2016 Oct; 55(12):1093-9.
  15. Krishnamurthi RV, deVeber G, Feigin VL, Barker-Collo S, Fullerton H, Mackay MT, O'Callahan F, Lindsay MP, Kolk A, Lo W, Shah P, Linds A, Jones K, Parmar P, Taylor S, Norrving B, Mensah GA, Moran AE, Naghavi M, Forouzanfar MH, Nguyen G, Johnson CO, Vos T, Murray CJ, Roth GA. Stroke Prevalence, Mortality and Disability-Adjusted Life Years in Children and Youth Aged 0-19 Years: Data from the Global and Regional Burden of Stroke 2013. Neuroepidemiology. 2015; 45(3):177-89.
  16. Fullerton HJ, Hills NK, Elkind MS, Dowling MM, Wintermark M, Glaser CA, Tan M, Rivkin MJ, Titomanlio L, Barkovich AJ, deVeber GA. Infection, vaccination, and childhood arterial ischemic stroke: Results of the VIPS study. Neurology. 2015 Oct 27; 85(17):1459-66.
  17. Fullerton HJ, Stratton K, Mueller S, Leisenring WW, Armstrong GT, Weathers RE, Stovall M, Sklar CA, Goldsby RE, Robison LL, Krull KR. Recurrent stroke in childhood cancer survivors. Neurology. 2015 Sep 22; 85(12):1056-64.
  18. Reeves SL, Braun TM, Dombkowski KJ, Fullerton HJ, Boulton ML, Lisabeth LD. The role of neighborhoods in the receipt of transcranial Doppler screening among children with sickle cell disease. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2015 May; 37(4):269-73.
  19. Gelfand AA, Fullerton HJ, Jacobson A, Sidney S, Goadsby PJ, Kurth T, Pressman A. Is migraine a risk factor for pediatric stroke? Cephalalgia. 2015 Dec; 35(14):1252-60.
  20. Moftakhar P, Cooke DL, Fullerton HJ, Ko NU, Amans MR, Narvid JA, Dowd CF, Higashida RT, Halbach VV, Hetts SW. Extent of collateralization predicting symptomatic cerebral vasospasm among pediatric patients: correlations among angiography, transcranial Doppler ultrasonography, and clinical findings. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2015 Mar; 15(3):282-90.

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